android – MediaPlayer error (1, -1004) aka MEDIA_ERROR_IO trying to stream music on Samsung S3-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

NOTE: I’m not working at the company where I worked when I posted this question, therefore, even though some great answers might come
in, I won’t actually be testing them since I don’t have a reason to
(other than promoting the community; which might cause me to do it one
day)
.

If however, some answer to the problem is promoted by many other
comunity members, I might opt to select it as the correct answer for
the problem experienced so many years after I originally posted the
question.

In the meantime, I hope some of the answers may help some of you also
experiencing this problem. Yay for Stack Overflow!


Our application has to stream music from an online source (I’m not at liberty to disclose that source).

Why does it take over 2 minutes to start streaming on the S3?

I’ve been able to figure out that the Media Player object goes into the Error state due to MEDIA_ERROR_UNKOWN – great. Doesn’t help me much. So upon handling this in onError with an OnErrorListener, I reset the Media Player object and then call startPlaying which does the rest – setting the data source, etc.

Members:

private ProgressBar playSeekBar;
private ImageView ivPlay;
private ImageView ivPause;
private ImageView ivBuffer;
private MediaPlayer mPlayer;
private ImageView ivInfo;
private AudioManager audio;

Initializing the Media Player (and Visualizer – which is not the issue for the purpose of this question)

private void initialMediaPlayerAndVisualizer() {
      Log.d(TAG, "Initial Media Player and Visualizer");

      playSeekBar = (ProgressBar) findViewById(R.id.progressBar1);
      playSeekBar.setMax(100);
      playSeekBar.setVisibility(View.GONE);

      mPlayer = new MediaPlayer();   

      Log.d(TAG, "Create onErrorListener");
      MediaPlayer.OnErrorListener errorListener = new MediaPlayer.OnErrorListener() {

        @Override
        public boolean onError(MediaPlayer mp, int what, int extra) {
            Log.d(TAG, "OnError - Error code: "+what+" Extra code: "+extra);

            switch(what){
            case -1004:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_ERROR_IO");
                break;
            case -1007:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_ERROR_MALFORMED");
                break;
            case 200:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_ERROR_NOT_VALID_FOR_PROGRESSIVE_PLAYBACK");
                break;
            case 100:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_ERROR_SERVER_DIED");
                break;
            case -110:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_ERROR_TIMED_OUT");
                break;
            case 1:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_ERROR_UNKNOWN");
                break;
            case -1010:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_ERROR_UNSUPPORTED");
                break;

            }

            switch(extra){
            case 800:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_BAD_INTERLEAVING");
                break;
            case 702:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_BUFFERING_END");
                break;
            case 701:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_METADATA_UPDATE");
                break;
            case 802:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_METADATA_UPDATE");
                break;
            case 801:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_NOT_SEEKABLE");
                break;
            case 1:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_UNKNOWN");
                break;
            case 3:
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_VIDEO_RENDERING_START");
                break;
            case 700 :
                Log.d("Streaming Media", "MEDIA_INFO_VIDEO_TRACK_LAGGING");
                break;

            }

            Log.d("Streaming Media", "Reset media player");
            mPlayer.reset();
            // We need to link the visualizer view to the media player so that it displays something
              mVisualizerManager = new VisualizerManager(context); //(VisualizerView) findViewById(R.id.visualizerView);

              //Send the visualizerContainer to the Renderer
              visualizerRenderer = new VisualizerRenderer(arrayVisualizer);
              mVisualizerManager.addRenderer(visualizerRenderer);

              try {
                startPlaying();
            } catch (IllegalStateException e) {
                // TODO Auto-generated catch block
                e.printStackTrace();
            } catch (IOException e) {
                // TODO Auto-generated catch block
                e.printStackTrace();
            }

            return true;
        }
    };

    Log.d(TAG, "Set error listener on Media Player object");          
     mPlayer.setOnErrorListener(errorListener);

      // We need to link the visualizer view to the media player so that it displays something
      mVisualizerManager = new VisualizerManager(context); //(VisualizerView) findViewById(R.id.visualizerView);

      //Send the visualizerContainer to the Renderer
      visualizerRenderer = new VisualizerRenderer(arrayVisualizer);
      mVisualizerManager.addRenderer(visualizerRenderer);

      try {
        startPlaying();
    } catch (IllegalStateException e) {
        // TODO Auto-generated catch block
        e.printStackTrace();
    } catch (IOException e) {
        // TODO Auto-generated catch block
        e.printStackTrace();
    }
}

Start playing:

private void startPlaying () throws IllegalStateException, IOException, UnsupportedOperationException
  {

    if(mPlayer != null){

          ivPause.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE);
          ivPlay.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE);
          ivBuffer.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE);

        mVisualizerManager.link(mPlayer);

        mPlayer.setOnBufferingUpdateListener(new OnBufferingUpdateListener() {

            public void onBufferingUpdate(MediaPlayer mp, int percent) {
                playSeekBar.setSecondaryProgress(percent);
                Log.i("Buffering", "" + percent);
            }
        });

        try {
            mPlayer.setDataSource(theSource);
        } catch (IllegalArgumentException e) {
            Log.d(TAG, "Illegal Argument Exception: "+e);
            e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (IllegalStateException e) {
            Log.d(TAG, "Illegal State Exception: "+e);
            e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (IOException e) {
            Log.d(TAG, "IO Exception: "+e);
            e.printStackTrace();
        }

      mPlayer.prepareAsync();

      mPlayer.setOnPreparedListener(new OnPreparedListener() {
          public void onPrepared(MediaPlayer mp) {
              ivBuffer.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE);

              bars.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE);
              visualizerContainer.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE);
              ivInfo.setImageResource(R.drawable.img_radio_info_online);
              ivPause.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE);
              ivPlay.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE);

              //Mute the video if the phone is muted.
              if ((audio.getRingerMode() == AudioManager.RINGER_MODE_SILENT) ||  (audio.getRingerMode() == AudioManager.RINGER_MODE_VIBRATE)) {
                  mp.setVolume(0, 0);

                  Toast toast = Toast.makeText(context, R.string.device_muted, Toast.LENGTH_LONG);
                  toast.show();
              }

              mPlayer.start();
          }
      });

    }else{
        Log.d(TAG, "Media player is null.");
        initialMediaPlayerAndVisualizer();
    }



}

Stop playing:

private void stopPlaying()
      {
      bars.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE);
      visualizerContainer.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE);

      ivInfo.setImageResource(R.drawable.img_radio_info_offline);

      ivPlay.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE);
      ivPause.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE);

      mPlayer.stop();

      mVisualizerManager.release();
      mPlayer.release();

      mPlayer = null;
}

A little logs:

05-21 16:26:23.600: I/Buffering(3921): 0

05-21 16:26:23.600: I/MediaPlayer(3921): Info (703,156)
05-21 16:26:23.600: I/MediaPlayer(3921): Info (701,0)
05-21 16:26:23.610: D/VisualizerRenderer(3921): Render columns
05-21 16:26:23.715: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=100, ext1=1, ext2=-110
05-21 16:26:23.715: E/MediaPlayer(3921): error (1, -110)
05-21 16:26:23.715: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:23.715: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:23.725: D/VisualizerRenderer(3921): Render columns
05-21 16:26:23.725: E/MediaPlayer(3921): Error (1,-110)
05-21 16:26:23.725: D/MAIN(3921): OnError - Error code: 1 Extra code: -110
05-21 16:26:23.725: D/Streaming Media(3921): MEDIA_ERROR_UNKNOWN
05-21 16:26:23.725: D/Streaming Media(3921): Reset media player
05-21 16:26:23.725: V/MediaPlayer-JNI(3921): reset
05-21 16:26:23.725: V/MediaPlayer(3921): reset
05-21 16:26:23.730: D/VisualizerRenderer(3921): Divisions: 9
05-21 16:26:23.730: D/VisualizerManager(3921): Added te renderer
05-21 16:26:23.730: V/MediaPlayer-JNI(3921): get_session_id()
05-21 16:26:23.735: D/VisualizerManager(3921): Media player and visualizer linked
05-21 16:26:23.735: D/VisualizerManager(3921): Set capture listener
05-21 16:26:23.735: D/VisualizerManager(3921): Set on visualizer complete listener
05-21 16:26:23.740: V/MediaPlayer(3921): setVideoSurfaceTexture
05-21 16:26:23.740: V/MediaPlayer(3921): prepareAsync
05-21 16:26:25.285: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:25.285: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:25.285: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:25.285: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:25.330: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:25.390: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:25.390: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:25.390: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:25.390: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:25.425: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:25.490: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:25.490: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:25.490: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:25.490: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
...

05-21 16:26:52.585: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:53.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:53.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:53.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:53.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:53.585: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:54.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:54.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:54.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:54.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:54.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=200, ext1=702, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:54.570: W/MediaPlayer(3921): info/warning (702, 0)
05-21 16:26:54.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:54.570: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:54.590: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:54.590: I/MediaPlayer(3921): Info (702,0)
05-21 16:26:55.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:55.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:55.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:55.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:55.575: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:56.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:56.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:56.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:56.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:56.585: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:57.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): message received msg=3, ext1=0, ext2=0
05-21 16:26:57.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): buffering 0
05-21 16:26:57.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): callback application
05-21 16:26:57.575: V/MediaPlayer(3921): back from callback
05-21 16:26:57.600: I/Buffering(3921): 0
05-21 16:26:57.930: V/MediaPlayer-JNI(3921): stop
05-21 16:26:57.930: V/MediaPlayer(3921): stop
05-21 16:26:57.930: D/VisualizerManager(3921): Released the visualizer
05-21 16:26:57.930: V/MediaPlayer-JNI(3921): release
05-21 16:26:57.930: V/MediaPlayer(3921): setListener
05-21 16:26:57.930: V/MediaPlayer(3921): disconnect
05-21 16:26:57.935: V/MediaPlayer(3921): destructor
05-21 16:26:57.935: V/MediaPlayer(3921): disconnect
How to solve:

The answer to this question turned out to be an issue on Android firmware installed on Samsung S III devices running Android 4.1.2.

It seemed to have been something relating to the source of the stream, because some sources eventually played on the device, but the one we needed, never played.

If you can get your stream from another source, it should work.

So if you’re developing an application for a specific company/purpose and have some control over the source of the stream, or can communicate with people in control of the source of the stream, get them to change the source of the stream to something that’ll work on a Samsung S III running Android 4.1.2.

Other than that all that will solve this is a firmware upgrade.

###

For everyone struggling with this problem here’s the solution:

Android MediaPlayer takes long time to prepare and buffer

EDIT : The previous solution is not very complete because it is possible sometimes to hear the player ‘stutter’ when it pauses and resumes.

A 100% java answer that is slightly more elegant involves using a MediaCodec instance to turn the mp3 into PCM data to feed to an AudioTrack instance.

I have posted full source code and explanation here : http://www.piterwilson.com/blog/2014/03/15/mediacodec-mediaextractor-and-audiotrack-to-the-rescue/

###

I resolved this issue by using library
compile ‘com.devbrackets.android:exomedia:3.0.1’

###

A definite solution for some getting -1004 on older Samsung phones:

In my case, I’m using a Samsung Galaxy Pocket and had a mp3 file on our CDN, which wouldn’t play, i.e.

http://domain/path/audiofile

When downloading the file to the phone, however, it plays in the native player. Not in my app and not in browsers, though.
Turns out, the media player service needed a file extension to hint the media type and couldn’t auto-detect based on file headers.

I solved it by giving the file location an actual extension.

http://domain/path/audiofile.mp3

Solution

  1. Either give the file an extension where it’s hosted (as above) or
  2. Programmatically, download the file manually, give it the correct extension on the sdcard and then play from sdcard as the source.

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